Monday, January 9, 2012

On the Wrong Side of the 4th Wall-Arkham Asylum Living Hell


        Read that tile closely, because I am not here to talk about Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth. I'm here to talk about it's much less well known younger cousin. I love the hell out of ASHoaSE, but Living Hell is my favorite. The artwork here is good, nothing too special overall, but it succeeds in telling the story, which is what the art is there for. The story here is amazing. Basically, a Bernie Madoff expy is caught in his con game, but manages to get off on the insanity defense. Sadly for him, his trial is in Gotham city, and his asylum is Arkham. It isn't too long, just 6 issues. The main character is wholly unlikable in his dickishness, and the fact that everyone who meets him calls him the worst person they've ever met is funny. Oddly enough, both Batman and the Joker are heavily featured in promotional material and references to this comic, despite the fact both appear for maybe 4 pages apiece. I really love the many different villain this comic adds to Batman's Rogues Gallery, though many only appear in this comic alone. Overall, this comic is a bit scary, really funny, and 20% more awesome than most others. Laters.

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